Food poisoning causes Ebola scare in Mandeville

The entrance to Mandeville Hospital where there was an Ebola scare Saturday.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A case of suspected poisoning triggered reports that the deadly Ebola virus may have reached the Mandeville Hospital Saturday. A source told the Jamaica Observer that the male patient had been thoroughly assessed, interviewed and released. “A man with a history ... Read More

Opposition and Jamaica Labour Party
Leader Andrew Holness (second right)
greets Floyd Green, the party’s new
flag bearer for SW St Elizabeth.
(PHOTOS: RICHARD HAMILTON) Holness: CHIKV effort good, but too late
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says the spread of the chikungunya ... Read More

KNIGHT ... reported that major crimes had declined 'Cowboy' Knight passes Area 3 baton
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Assistant Commissioner of Police Kevin Blake officially took over as ... Read More

A pig farm in Manchester.
BENNETT) Pig farmers warned to be vigilant
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Pig farmers have been warned to be extra vigilant in minimising visi ... Read More

Towards a stable pork industry

BY GARFIELD MYERS Editor-at-large, South Central Bureau myersg@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 12, 2014    

Some of the pig farmers who attended the meeting in Mandeville.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Not too long ago a persistent glut in pork production triggered uncompetitively low prices and general depression in the pig industry. Today, from the perspective of pig farmers the situation is much improved. However, the challenge, they say, is to bring the industry to some level of "equilibrium", thereby minimising, if not completely bringing to an end the damaging cycles of boom and bust. Industry leaders are advocating the setting up of a pork council backed ... Read More

Technology can attract young people to church — Paulwell

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October 10, 2014    

A student scout out for the opening ceremony logs on to one of the computers in the presence of Technology
Minister Phillip Paulwell (right), councillor of the Mandeville Division Jones Oliphant (left) and others in the lab.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell has identified access to the Internet as a valuable tool as churches strive to pull young people through their doors. He was speaking last week at the official launch of the Rise to Life Training Centre at the Bishop Lascelles Allen-led Church of God of Prophecy in Mandeville. With backing from the Universal Service Fund, 13 computers and a server were received at a cost of "just under" $3 million for the set up of the lab, wh ... Read More

Four receive inaugural Dean Peart Scholarship

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, October 08, 2014    

Current North West Manchester
Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips
wants the new campus of the Mile
Gully High School named in honour of
Dean Peart's father Ernest Peart.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A fund-raising dinner held last year in aid of the Dean Alexander Peart Scholarship Fund has allowed for the first disbursements this school term to four students from communities in North-West Manchester. The scholarship fund honours former member of parliament for North-West Manchester Dean Peart (People's National Party), who retired from active politics in the lead-up to the 2011 election. Peart had served for 22 unbroken years as MP. He was also a cabinet min ... Read More

JSIF steps in with expansion project at Braes River Primary

Monday, October 06, 2014    

Braes River
Primary School
building dates
back to 1929

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth - Member of Parliament for North East St Elizabeth, Raymond Pryce has confirmed that Braes River Primary School is to receive additional class rooms as well as modern bathrooms. Speaking at the launch of a computer resource room at Balaclava Primary last Thursday, Pryce said social infrastructure provider, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) will be implementing the project with "close to $30 million". Work is expected to begin by the end of this month, principal of ... Read More

Projects Abroad hailed for volunteerism

Monday, October 06, 2014    

Awardees of the Scholarship and Education Fund with Projects Abroad Jamaica volunteers (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT )

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Ministry of Education director in Region 5 Dr Nadine Leachman has lauded the non-governmental organisation Projects Abroad Jamaica for what she described as"volunteerism at its highest level". Through the efforts of overseas volunteers wide-ranging community projects are done in Manchester, St Elizabeth and Montego Bay. Leachman, who was speaking at an awards ceremony organised by Projects Abroad to present scholarships, bursaries and school supplies from its tw ... Read More

Jamalco Career Enhancement Programme brings hope

Monday, October 06, 2014    

Course coordinator and vice-principal at Vere Technical High School Annette Walker (standing) issues final instructions to
students at the start of the Jamalco Career Enhancement Programme (JCEP) diagnostic test.

MAY PEN, Clarendon — The bauxite/alumina company Jamalco is reporting that for the fifth consecutive year, it has provided opportunities for people in Jamalco's host communities to continue their education through the Jamalco Career Enhancement Programme (JCEP). Through JCEP, 60 students are given a chance to continue their secondary education to the Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) level in evening programmes at the Vere Technical and Lennon High schools in Clarendon and th ... Read More

Mandeville heart patient home after surgery in US

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 06, 2014    

herine Allen-Powell (second right) on the first day of
her cardiac rehabilitation with (from left) President of
the Baylor Heart Hospital who arranged for her total
medical care Mark Valentine, Phyllis Clarke, who is
the wife of Dr Carlton Clarke and Cardiothoracic
surgeon Dr William Ryan who performed her heart
valves replacement surgery.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — After more than a month in the United States, Mandeville heart patient Cherine Allen-Powell is back home, strong and upbeat as she continues to recover from surgery. "I can do everything for myself but I don't do any work," she told the Jamaica Observer in an interview recently. She left the island in July to undertake heart surgery at the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano in Texas and returned home on September 6. Allen-Powell, who was at risk of heart failure, reach ... Read More

Paulwell hails ICT project in Mandeville

Monday, October 06, 2014    

An artist impression of the ICT
project planed for Mandeville

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Technology minister Phillip Paulwell was "thoroughly impressed" following a quick tour of a large information, communication and technology (ICT) facility being built at Ward Avenue here. "The government has participated and we are about to see 70,000 square feet of additional space," an upbeat Paulwell told Jamaica Observer Central during his visit last week. Member of Parliament for Central Manchester Peter Bunting who is expecting "hundreds, if not thousands" ... Read More

Greenhouse technology training goes to South Manchester

Monday, October 06, 2014    

SOUTH MANCHESTER GREEN HOUSE: Residents of South Manchester communities preparing a
section of the greenhouse to lay out the grow bags

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Twenty-five residents from the South Manchester Community Council and surrounding communities are currently participating in 10 weeks of training in greenhouse technology. The training which is facilitated by the President of the Greenhouse Growers Association of Jamaica, Jervis Rowe, seeks to educate and expose the participants to the essentials of greenhouse production, according to a release from the initiative's sponsor, bauxite/alumina company Jamalco. Among the s ... Read More

Mandeville dermatologist reaches out

Monday, October 06, 2014    

Skin care literature also grabbed the attention of persons out
for the seminar

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — With a belief in the power of public education in health care, proprietor of Skinnz Dermatology and Wellness Centre in Mandeville Dr Carol Burrell engaged members of the community and its environs through a recent one-day skin care seminar. She told the Jamaica Observer Central that activities related to taking care of the skin is connected to general health and as such being proactive was necessary. "I think education is very important," said Burrell. Speaking ... Read More



Have you seen an improvement in the Government’s handling of the chik-V outbreak?

View Results »


Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon